Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
90 Blade Chainsaw
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a classic English Pale Ale style brewed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California. It has received multiple Gold Medals by the Great American Beer Festival from 1987 through 1995 in various categories. This Sierra Nevada beer is brewed with Two-Row Pale and Caramel Malts, Top Fermenting Ale Yeast, Magnum, Perle and Cascade Hops for an alcohol content of 5.6% ABV, 37 IBUs, and a gravity of 13.0 Plato.
The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is a craft brewery started by homebrewers Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi during 1980. It was a microbrewery until demand forced the owners to increase their production and ultimately build a new brewery in 1989 with an expansion in 1997. Currently independently owned by Ken Grossman, the Chico, California brewery also houses a 350 seat music venue called the Big Room, as well as a lunch and dinner restaurant, the Taproom.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a beer I pick up more often than many others. While I experiment with new brews on a very regular basis, there is a very short unofficial list of beers I pick up when I’m not in the mood to try something new – when I just want to relax and have myself a good beer. Sierra Nevada is one of those time proven reliable brews.
Onto The Method
2.0 – Appearance – A moderate pour creates wild carbonation that streams up to the top – I had to stare at the rising vibes to watch it form its tan head that slowly grows over the rim. Held to the light, the body showcases a very clear and glassy amber light orchestra.
2.0 – Aroma – A robust hop bouquet and light citrus aromas over a heavy yeast and malt foundation.
2.0 – Taste – A beautiful and well balanced symphony of delicious and substantial hop characters over a sweet caramel malt base.
2.0 – Palate – Smooth and silky body that is easy to devour with romance, lust and carnal desire.
2.0 – Overall – This is just one of those perfect beers where the balance of malt and hop characters come together over a smooth body – truly a classic American Ale. While I can’t take any points away, this beer is always enjoyed best served chilled into a glass – never too warm or out of the bottle.
8.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –A respectably moderate to high 5.6% ABV lays the foundation for a solid slam.
8.0/10 Blades- The Knife – digestibility – The knife cuts right through its medium body without effort or remorse.
9.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – As I study the tasting portion of the review, a powerful rush rises within the first brew and early into the second. Spiders pace themselves thereafter but continue its upward rise.
10/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Given that the rush is strong, the motor is reliable and easy to ride. I often buy these masterpieces by the case since I know a six pack will just be the start of things; finishing the night with a good eight, nine…. whichever number works.
45.0/50 Blades – the buzz – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a great social lubricant designed for summer nights over the barbecue with good friends. The rush is mellow and pleasurable, yet powerful and everlasting. The knife does well at translating the hammer into a narcotic buzz over a well balanced and delicious body. While this Sierra Nevada beer is powerful, it is easy to consume at your own pace during the course of the evening without diminishing the buzz or getting intoxicated and obnoxious. And besides its alcoholic power, it is one amazing beer – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chainsaws the night!